Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Forty-four years and Counting . . .

So after 44 years of marriage, we are still very happy, and very much in love and looking forward to whatever the future holds for us. 

I have learned a few things over the last 44 years.  A few things I've learned along the way are:

God and family should always be first in your life, no matter what.

Never let an opportunity to say, "I love you" go by, you never know if you will be able to say it again.

Hug tightly, and often.

We can't always choose our circumstances, but we can chose our attitudes.

I have learned that forgiveness allows me to have peace in my life.

I've learned to count my blessings and remember to feel gratitude for even the small things every  day.  I'm much more at peace by focusing on my blessings rather than what I don't have.

Money does not buy and kindness buy happiness.

Material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses.

I've learned to listen more and talk less (still working on this one!).  I've learned to listen fully, without judgement and with more empathy.

Never take even one day for granted with the one you love, for it may be your last!  

And yes...he still takes my breath away...

Hugs and Love,


Marsha said...

Beautiful words of advise. We on coming up on 38 years this coming June. Isn't it wonderful to know that all this can be eternal!
Love From Idaho - Marsha

Vee said... beautiful! You were just a couple of really adorable kids. A Happy and Blessed Anniversary to you both!

Billie Jo said...

Oh my goodness!!!!
What a BEAUTIFUL wedding photo of a beautiful couple.
Happy and Blessed Anniversary to you.

Saimi said...

Aw congratulations on your anniversary!!! That is some wonderful insight and advise, good words to live by! I just love your wedding photo, its amazing how young we all are when we look back at those early years. 44 years, WOW!!! We are in our 32 year - I'm going to keep your words close to my heart and practice them daily, since my husband is going to spend eternity with me I better step up my game haha

LeAnn said...

Congratulationso your 44th Wedding Annivesary. Your thoughts and lessons learned were magnificent. I loved them all and feel the same way. My dear one still takes my breath away too. I hope you had a very lovely day on your anniversary. We love you both and are so happy to have your as friends and to share your daughter and our grandchildren.
Your wedding photo is so beautiful. What a beautiful couple you are then and now. Sending extra loving thoughts and hugs your way!

Marie Rayner said...

Happy Anniversary! Aren’t you two just the cutest! What a sweet picture! I sure wish my ex and I had been able to make the grade. It would have been 42 years this year. Incredible to think about. But we failed. Congratulations to you both for making it. Time and all eternity make all the difference I think! Loved all your thoughts on lessons learned. So very true. Love you to bits! Xoxo

Shug said...

Love is Grand. Happy Anniversary Barb, to you and your love. 44 years is a wonderful accomplishment and I know that the memories are so precious. Those of us who really know what true love is, are truly Blessed. Enjoy every single moment...